What is a foster volunteer?
A foster (individual or family) cares for an animal in our rescue while they are awaiting adoption. The foster helps the animal decompress, socialize, and adjust to life outside the shelter.
When we have available fosters we are able to save more dogs and cats from euthanasia.
Why should I foster?
You have the ability to improve the life of a homeless animal. Bottle feeding a motherless kitten helps it grow and get healthy. The dog or cat you foster may be experiencing care and affection for the first time. You may be helping an animal learn house manners and feel safe and secure.
- Each animal fostered out to a home opens up a cage or kennel to save another animal.
- Fostering can provide the unique, individualized attention that some special-needs animals require before they’re ready for adoption.
- Fostering has a direct, positive impact on the animal and is a rewarding experience for the caregivers.
- Our foster families get to know the animal and help us with selecting the best adoption applicant.
What kinds of animals need fostering?
- Shelter2Rescue fosters dogs and cats only. Some of them aren't ready for adoption, including orphaned kittens and puppies, and animals recuperating from illness, injury or medical procedures. Some require medicated baths, physical therapy, or daily medication. Some cats and dogs simply need an attentive caregiver to help socialize them so they'll become more confident and trusting.
- Most animals benefit from a structured home environment where certain behaviors can be monitored and modified through consistent training and positive reinforcement.
- Shelter2Rescue cares for "bottle babies"--kittens born during "kitten season," which extends from spring to fall. They need a safe place to grow and play before adoption.
- Our "temp fosters" house an animal while we arrange out-of-state transport.
What requirements are necessary for fostering? Do I need any special training?
We welcome both experienced and new foster volunteers. Our team is available to support you with the goal of having the fostering experience be positive for both you and your foster animal.
Fosters must be at least 21 years old.
How long does fostering last and will it cost anything?
Typically two weeks to several months, depending on the animal's needs. As you tell us about your foster, you might enjoy helping us write an engaging bio to increase interest and the number of applications.
Shelter2Rescue can assist you with food and supplies for your foster, if needed. We cover all of the animal's medical expenses, including medication. We work with a network of veterinarians. You need only provide your home, attention, and love.